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Made a custom wood shift knob: update

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by t1m829, Jul 31, 2022.

  1. Jul 31, 2022 at 12:24 PM
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    t1m829

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  2. Aug 15, 2022 at 5:48 AM
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    I stained and clear coated the knob to match my new wheel. Here's the result.

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    I was expecting the stain to be a bit lighter after drying, but the knob is noticeably darker than the wheel. But overall not too bad, I think it still looks pretty good.
     
  4. Aug 15, 2022 at 11:15 AM
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    Looks great. Betcha it won't cook your hand after sitting in the sun too. Maybe it'll darken in time from natural oil in your hand.
     
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    Maple? If not, what type of wood?
     
  6. Aug 15, 2022 at 11:59 AM
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    Birch, I believe
     
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    My old knob was bare aluminum and it got quite spicy on a hot summer day
     
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    I once had a river rock as mine. You either learned to quick-shift with one finger or you left some skin behind. :annoyed:


    I like the wood look. Thats sweet.
     
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  9. Aug 15, 2022 at 12:22 PM
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    How'd you manage to drill and tap a rock? It seems like it'd be way too easy to crack. Or did you just put a hole in it and stick a threaded insert in there? Either way that's a unique shifter accoutrement
     
  10. Aug 15, 2022 at 12:35 PM
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    I ordered it online. :anonymous::anonymous:. Especially shameful since I worked at a rock sampling lab at the time. It's easy enough to run a drill press with a water cooled bit, then glue an insert.


    The worst part was if I wasn't holding the shifter and happened to lug the clutch in 2nd, that rock would deliver a set of rapidfire hammer blows into my thigh. Fun times, that truck was.

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  11. Aug 15, 2022 at 12:40 PM
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    Ah that makes sense. I would've assumed any machining done on a material as hard as stone would require coolant. Very cool
     
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    Thats different, but looks like quality work!
     

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